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propagating perennials: Deschampsia cespitosa-Hair Grass
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Monday, November 24, 2008

Deschampsia cespitosa-Hair Grass

Propagating Deschampsia or Hair Grass can be done either in the spring or fall by digging up the clump and dividing then transplanting. The plant prefers a moist soil in full sun and in warmer zones it is a perennial. The birds enjoy the seeds in winter and the plant should be cut down to the ground in the spring. It is a cool season perennial meaning it puts its growth on before temperatures reach 75 degrees. Different varieties have different colored leaves and the flowers are basically inconspicuous, mostly yellow/brown, and it flowers in May through June. In warmer climates it has great winter interest. Its fine thread like leaves offer a good contrast to bold leaved perennials, is deer resistant, and reaches a height of 2'-3'.

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